Cultural Life: Madeline Miller, Novelist
Saturday 28 July 2012
In the wake of Nora Ephron's death, I've been re-reading Heartburn. It's a novel based on the break-up of her second marriage, and it's been reminding me again how incredibly valuable she was as a voice. It's so funny, it's so sad, and incredibly incisive. I'm really enjoying thinking about her and her work. I've also been reading The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt, which is incredibly dark and funny.
While I was in the UK I visited the rehearsal room for the upcoming Royal Shakespeare Company production of Troilus and Cressida, which opens at the beginning of August. I almost never get to watch any plays that are up for a Tony award, but I recently saw the updated Porgy and Bess, before it went to New York.
I just went to the Musée d'Orsay, which I've wanted to visit for a long time. It is just as amazing as I'd hoped, with an incredible Degas exhibition.
I recently watched Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious, which is a film I've never seen before. It reminds me of how much I love Hitchcock. I should really go back and watch them all! The visual brilliance of it, will always be amazing.
Madeline Miller's debut novel 'The Song of Achilles', winner of the 2012
Orange Prize for Fiction, is published by Bloomsbury
Glastonbury Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will perform with Paul Weller as their warm-up act
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- 4 #JeSuisEd: People share photos of themselves eating awkwardly in solidarity with Labour leader
- 5 Women think Irish men are the sexiest, survey finds
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